Coding & Printing on Rubber
Rubber varies in composition, colour, and elasticity. It includes an assortment of substrates including polyurethanes, polypropylene, slick plasticisers, and other challenging components. Coding and marking equipment systems must be powerful enough to mark different types of rubber and provide high performance, speed, and readability.
Fulfil your traceability requirements with high-resolution coding and marking on rubber components. Our printers are designed to be efficient and reliable in the most difficult of production environments, such as hot, wet, dusty and treated with chemicals. This ensures that whatever industry you are looking to print for, Linx printers will work effectively through even the toughest conditions. And with the Linx range of accessories, they are versatile enough to fit into almost any production line.
Linx is highly experienced in ink development, offering a wide range of ink adhesion for marking and coding onto the rubber. With the variety of inks we offer, we can ensure clear codes on dark surfaces to ensure readability which is crucial for both manufacturers and traceability.
Coding and Marking on Cured and Uncured Rubber
Cured rubber is formed from straight chains with very high molecular weights. Curing will take place using organic peroxide curing agents or platinum catalysts. Cured rubber offers great temperature and ageing resistance. The property of this material is perfect for many industrial applications such as hoses, building construction joints, electrical protection, and even pharmaceutical and biomedical applications such as tubes.
The uncured rubber material can be moulded and deformed easily when it is warm, then becomes brittle when cold. This becomes a valuable material for many finished products when it has been left in its natural state, being a firm material to work with. Uncured rubber is used for insulating, adhesives, tapes, footwear and many other applications.
Linx machines can mark on either form. Continue below to see which application is best suited for you.
Printer Types of Rubber Printing
When selecting the right technology for your product, you need to determine what is the most important outcome you need from your coding and marking.
If you are after high contrast code visibility for your rubber products, continuous inkjet (CIJ) technology is better suited, with high pigmented inks and high contrasted inks available. If you need a permanent coding and marking solution, and the most important factor is not the contrast, laser technology is your best option. Laser marking on rubber, although it might not be contrasting like CIJ inks, will still deliver visible and clear codes.
Whatever your needs are, we have got a solution.
Continuous Inkjet (CIJ)
Working on industrial production lines the Linx continuous inkjet printers have environmental protection ratings of IP55 as standard to keep liquids and airborne contaminants out.
- Range of inks for specialist marking, e.g. high contrast inks
- Durable, high-quality multi-line coding
- Wide range of inks to keep your codes in place on nearly any substrate
- Optional IP protection for harsh environments
Often found in the automotive and industrial component industry, offering discreet and permanent marking of rubber elements and products and elements.
Both CO2 and Fibre lasers are suitable for coding and marking on rubber. CO2 laser engraves on the surface of the material, hence it is commonly used in rubber product marking. Fibre laser could also be used but would have to be specific to the application and subject to sample marking.
- Permanent marking capability
- CO2 laser gives consistent marking
- Low operating costs - no need for consumables
- High-quality coding even on the fast line speeds
Working with Linx
Why not speak to one of our sales team about your particular needs?
Linx Printing Technologies have been in the industrial coding and marking industry for 35 years. We have built a team of high specialists to support all our customers through their buying process and aftercare. We have a set of highly qualified and experienced sales managers to assist from the very beginning, offering sample marking, free site visits and advice across all industries.
Worried you won’t have support after the sale? We have a UK service maintenance and support team to maintain the quality of the machines to run efficiently and effectively on your production line. To offer ultimate support we have a team of highly qualified technical support team available should you have an issue with any of our machines, we are on hand to help you get coding quickly again.
A modern vehicle contains thousands of individual components, each of which may need a specific part number.
Wire and Cable
Accurate coding and marking using small characters for reliable traceability and product identification, even onto fibre optic cables.
Coding and marking for extrusions need to be as flexible as possible to account for the variety of materials manufacturers might produce.